While I was swimming this morning, Istarted thinking about how I’ve made self-care a daily habit for the last fourteen years.Doing something that makes me feelenergized or that allows me to feel fulfilledand joyful is my mission each day. Don’tmisunderstand me, I have my strugglespushing through on many days and fallingshort on going to the gym, eatingproperly, getting enough rest, choosing theright clients for my business, overscheduling my children in extracurricularactivities and I could go on. Through trialand error I’m learning what makes me feelat my best mentally, physically andspiritually.
Two and a half months ago, I dropped aKitchen-aid mixer on my toes whichresulted is crushed bones, two toenailsremoved and a host of other causalities. Ihad to stop working out and elevate myfoot for weeks. As I transitioned back towalking, wearing shoes and nowexercising, I am constantly reminded totake it slow and honor the healingprocess. This week, I was able to resumeworking out with non-weight bearingexercises, so I decided to swim. Each dayas I returned from my early morning swim,I felt more alert and alive. Being awayfrom my favorite “Me Time” activity mademe think hard about how important this
If you have ever struggled with beingconsistent for you then read on.Usually, when I have to stop doingwhat I know improves my life it isbecause I have lost focus of whatfulfills me. Think about this for aminute.
- Schedule your self-care time daily. It can be15 minutes or more but make time in yourcalendar for you each day.- Identify your self-care activities. It is so mucheasier to schedule time when you know whatactivity matters most and refuels you.- Keep it simple. Grand plans sound great butare hard to maintain. Make implementing yourself-care rituals easy. You might light candlesdaily or take a nice bubble bath at the end ofthe day. Make it easy to say yes to taking careof yourself.
- Tell your family that you need themto help you and hold you accountableto take better care of yourself. Yourfamily can help to hold youaccountable.- Divorce guilt. Self-care is asimportant as brushing your teeth. Itmakes you stronger and healthier.
If you desire support on yourself-care journey, I encourageyou to join the Million Moms forSelf-care Movement atwww.timeformom-me.com. Wewant to learn from you,encourage you to reach yourhighest goals and support you inyour self-care process.
Are you ready to commit better Self-Care? vis www.TimeForMom- it Me.comMe and a community of Momswill help you! Mia Redrick